On a quiet, small town street lies a stately manor house. Surrounded by an imposing wrought iron gate, the house feels old and yet hauntingly familiar. The brick façade overlooks a landscaped front yard, where a wooden swing can be seen from the yard’s kingly oak tree. Most visitors stop and stare at the magnificent structure as it holds court over the neighborhood. Yet, this manor holds more than memories. It holds shocking and tragic secret, involving a little girl and a very unlucky shot.
Emma Goo was a precocious and rambunctious child. Her favorite past-times were swinging on her wooden swing and playing the field, right in front of her house. Her life was filled with love and joy and ease and Emma’s parents were absolutely smitten with their lovely daughter. But, one day, their life of ease was shattered forever. Emma Goo’s father, an avid hunter with a vast collection of firepower, was outside his family’s home and completing some yard work.
While no one is absolutely sure what happened next, what is certain is the tragic outcome. Emma Goo was quietly playing inside, which was rare for the outdoor-loving child. Suddenly, a shot rang out and smashed through the front window of the stately house. The curly haired child was struck and killed instantly, by the stray bullet. Her parents were devastated by their tragic loss and soon moved away.
While her parents may have quit the Monticello Street house, rumors abound that say Emma Goo's spirit still plays in the grass outside her family home. Covington locals have even dedicated this grassy knoll to Emma’s honor. The park outside the Hamilton home is now known as Goo Park, to commemorate the tragic events and to remind visitors that joy always comes through play.
However, be warned. Because, for Emma Goo, playtime is forever. Visitors have reported strange happenings at the site. Ghostly giggles of a young girl come floating down Monticello Street. Full-figured apparitions have been captured on cameras that malfunctioned shortly after snapping the shot. In fact, our expert ghost hunters capture this image on a recent excursion. Afterwards, our cameras wouldn't work for a full 30 minutes. Can you see the face of a little girl, hidden in the mists? Perhaps she's ready for a game of tag!
So, just take note. The next time you pass the stately manor home on the quiet, small town street, remember Emma Goo. Remember the little girl giggling in a green, grassy park. Because she’s still there. And she’s ready to play, for eternity.